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Old 01-04-2013, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello. New owner here, picked up my new 2013 SLS on Sunday 12/30/12.

Let me start by saying I love this car so far. Been following their development since 2010, but never really could get myself to buy one. I had a 2007 Mazda 3S that was fully loaded too...and low miles. Didn't really need a new car. Let me just say, I got a slammin deal on this car...so I could not turn it down. It was a Demo with 1600 miles on it (driven by the 70 year old owner of the dealership). The car was brand new, as far as I could tell.

Anyway, it is fully loaded with the NAVI unit, but satellite radio was not included. I was told I could add a receiver and I would be all set. I paid the dealer $580 to do this and I am seriously dissapointed. They installed a receiver (through the dealer representative), and now I have to tune to an FM station and use a remote to control the satellite radio. It is very wierd. I cannot use the Bluetooth for the satellite at all. Anyone else have this done on a 2013 (seems like the 2012's were XM capable - and this was not an issue)? They are telling me this is standard proceedure...and this is the only way to do it because Suzuki didn't provide "something" in the head/NAVI unit. I don't understand enough about it to know what is right or wrong. (P.S. they forgot to hook up my antenna too, so I get nothing for AM/FM radio stations at the moment).

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Old 01-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sheesh...70 views and nothing. Hasn't anyone purchased a 2013 SLS w/Nav? If so...anyone add Sat Radio? Just curious...
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Did they give you a color coded antenna or that BS black magnetic one that comes with the XM kit.
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It is actually Sirius and yes, the BS black one that comes with the kit. I am not happy with the install...I also found out that if I want to get back to the AM/FM radio, I have to hit a button the remote as well. I thought they forgot to hook up my antenna, but the installer told me nope, you have to hit the "input" button on the remote to switch off the Sirius antenna. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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I am in the process of gathering information for my xm radio kit install. I can order the color coded antenna for $147 but I'm wondering if that antenna lead wire will plug directly into the optional xm module because I will can't and won't accept that BS black magnetic antenna that comes with it. I can also purchase the optional xm kit for $314. I know $491 is a lot for xm radio so I'm still working out all the details an hope to get it right soon.


oh yeah pics please of your 2013....please!
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Are you in the US? What year is your Kizzy? If you are in the US...and have a 2012 or prior, I know you can get that XM kit for a lot less...my dealer originally thought the 2013 had the same head unit as the 2012 and told me I could get all the XM parts for about $260. They are able to get all of the Suzuki parts for basically cost. If the XM kit would have worked with my head unit, I would have gone that route...but STUPID Suzuki changed the head unit and I seem to be stuck with what I have. I am still trying to gather more info though...
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The 2013 navi radio is not compatible with "built in" sat radio tuners like what are available for the 2012 navi or the non-navi panasonic audio. There is no provision for it. What the dealer did is one solution, the other would be to send the signal through the front aux jack but that would look not so good.
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Any idea why the hell they did that? It is rather annoying!!! And my dealer didn't tell me (because I think they didn't know)...
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Can't speculate as to why, but another alternative would be to install a 2-din aftermarket head unit like Alpine, Pioneer, etc, since the it would be an exact fit to the dash. This would also resolve the low contrast issue with the touch screen that makes it hard to read during the daytime since all the aftermarket units have much brighter screens. Then, you could also have HD radio, upgrade the amp and speakers to equal or exceed the Rockford Fosgate system that was dropped when the new navi was introduced, etc. That would be the solution I would follow, if it were my car.
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Can you provide links to where I could get the parts you are suggesting?

I asked my local dealer (not the dealer I purchased from), what it would take to get the 2012 head unit in my car and they told me somewhere in the neighborhood of $780 for the head unit + $230 for the XM kit/install. Over $1k...to replace this stereo...
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